Development and recklessness are among reasons for crocodile attacks on humans, said Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.With development comes pollution, especially of the rivers where the crocodiles live, he said when officiating at the International Workshop on Human-Crocodile Conflict here yesterday.
The number of crocodile attacks really reflect the general health of the rivers, he said, adding that “many of our rivers are polluted to the extent that the crocodiles also find it difficult to survive as its food source could diminish or disappear because of the pollution.
“Their habitat has been infringed. Rivers have been destroyed. When animals that are crocodiles’ food do not frequent areas where they hunt, they (crocodiles) will resort to attacking whatever is available,” he said.
Developers therefore have the responsibility towards the environment and should consider the impact of their projects on wildlife, he added.
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